Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi Province, and the center of Jiangxi’s politics, economy, and culture. Covering an area of 7,402 square kilometers, it has a total population of 4.85 million, and is one of the 35 biggest cities in China. It enjoys a long rich history, dating back over 2200 years, and lies in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, bordering Guangdong and Fujian in the south and Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Hubei in the north.
Nanchang is renowned for its comparatively clean air and environmental focus, as well as its mountains, Tengwang Pavilion and delicious food!
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The most famous mountain in Nanchang is Meling, a fantastic place to spend a weekend exploring and hiking with friends, away from the hustle and bustle city life.
There are so many activities for teachers to get involved in, such as fishing, cycling, making pottery, tasting Chinese tea and of course learning Mandarin- plus its residents are super friendly, and always keen to talk to foreigners.
Meling is a fascinating holiday resort with many facilities and beautiful landscapes.
For those looking to explore further there are numerous options. Lushan National Park in Jiujiang city and Mount Longhu Scenic Area in Yingtan city are both amazing spots to experience nature and learn more about Chinese traditional culture.
Tengwang Pavilion is an imperial building more than 1,300 years old. Together with Wuhan’s Yellow Crane Tower in Hubei province and Yueyang Pavilion in Hunan province, it is one of the “Three Great Pavilions” of China. The famous essay in Chinese literature written by brilliant poet of the same period, Wang Bo, brought the pavilion even great fame.
Food in Nanchang
As for the food, there are so many choices, but the Nanchang rice noodle is the favourite dish for residents. You can also enjoy spicy Sichuan Cuisine, savoury Guangdong Cuisine, and spicy Hunan Cuisine. For fast food lovers, you’ll still find the odd KFC and McDonald’s!
Cost of living in Nanchang
|Item||CNY/RMB||GBP £||USD $|
|Meal at Chinese Restaurant||17.50||2.04||2.54|
|Meal at Higher End or Western Restaurant||35.00||4.08||5.09|
|Draught Beer (0.5 Litre)||6.50||0.76||0.94|
|Coke/Pepsi (0.33 Litre Bottle)||3.00||0.35||0.44|
|Water (0.33 Litre Bottle)||2.00||0.23||0.29|
|Regular Milk (1 Litre)||10.00||1.17||1.45|
|Loaf of Fresh White Bread||14.00||1.63||2.03|
|White Rice (1kg)||5.00||0.58||0.73|
|Skinless Chicken Breast (1kg)||20.00||2.33||2.91|
|One Way Public Transport Ticket||2.00||0.23||0.29|
|Monthly Pass (Unlimited Trips)||200.00||23.00||29.00|
|Taxi After 1km||3.65||0.43||0.53|
|Taxi 1 Hour Inner City Journey||27.00||3.15||3.92|
|Monthly Utility Bills||190.50||22.23||27.67|
|Cinema Ticket (Western Release)||39.00||4.55||5.66|
|1 Bedroom Apartment Monthly Rent (City Centre)||1,350.00||157.55||196.09|
|3 Bedroom Apartment Monthly Rent (City Centre)||4,000.00||466.81||581.01|